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A show which celebrates the inconsistencies and contradictions that make us human, whilst having a dig at some of the mess that is of our own making.

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Following on from the success of My Stories, Your Emails, Ursula Martinez is back on her dirty soapbox.
In the current social-media obsessed climate of self-promotion, Martinez brings her unique style of positive self-deprecation, baring her soul (and possibly more), in an attempt to understand the absurdity of modern living,
Contains nudity, political in/correctness and a reinvention of the theatrical fourth wall.

Written and performed by Ursula Martinez
Directed by MARK WHITELAW

Commissioned by SouthBank Centre and Fierce Festival.


PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES

Purcell Room, Soutbank, London
Contact Theatre, Manchester
Fierce Festival, Birmingham
Soho Theatre, London


QUOTES (see PRESS for full articles)

"It's a full-frontal statement and demonstration of honesty, vulnerability and power."
★★★★ Time Out

"…funny, tongue-in-cheek, heartfelt and emotional."
★★★★ The Guardian

"…a searching, savvy piece, never too sarcastic or saccharine. It’s hypnotic to watch."
★★★★ The Stage‘

"A charmingly transgressive solo performer."
★★★★ Times

"...a big star in the making" The Daily Telegraph

My Stories, Your Emails

Ursula Martinez has written some true stories. Some strangers have sent her unbelievable emails. She invites you to meet the ordinary and extraordinary characters in her life and in her inbox.

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My Stories Your Emails combines spoken word, live art, character comedy and stand-up. The result is a comical and uncompromising exploration of identity, fame, obsession, censorship, loneliness, sex, human failure, the internet ……….. and what happens when your private parts go public!

Written and performed by Ursula Martinez
Directed by MARK WHITELAW

Commissioned by Barbicanbite 10 (London) and QueerUpNorth International Festival (Manchester).


PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES

La Fondation Cartier, Paris
Brighton Interantional Festival
Melbourne Comedy Festival
Feast Festival, Adelaide
Brisbane Powerhouse
Sydney Opera House
La Comédie de Saint-Étienne
Barbican, London
Aarhus Festival


QUOTES (see PRESS for full articles)

"...an utterly riveting, compellingly uncompromising show that is highly recommended..." Manchester Evening News

"...a big star in the making" The Daily Telegraph

"My Stories, Your Emails is a consistently hilarious exploration of the gap between her idea of herself and those projected on to her. The show feels like a reclamation. It's also very very funny" The Australian

"This is very funny, as well as disturbing in its illustration of the perils of unsought celebrity" London Evening Standard

"The work's construction is as clever as the writing. Martinez always manages to deliver more than she promises... which is, perhaps, why she's well worth stalking." Herald Sun (Australia)

Hanky Panky

"One of the most inventive striptease routines ever devised.." The Daily Telegraph

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Hanky Panky is a five minute choreographed magic strip-tease. The act uses a simple disappearing handkerchief conjuring trick at its core.
Martinez enters stage fully clothed. She performs the trick and the hanky disappears. It reappears from her jacket pocket. The jacket is removed. The hanky disappears again and reappears from her skirt. The skirt is removed. During the course of the act, Martinez continues to make the handkerchief disappear and re-appear from her various items of clothing, which she then removes.
Finally Martinez is completely naked. Once again she performs the trick and the handkerchief disappears. With a grand finale flourish, Martinez retrieves the handkerchief from a truly magical place!

PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES

Martinez has performed this show stopping cabaret act all over the world, including Sydney, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Madrid, Vienna and Budapest. Special party events include Tate Modern, a Fundraiser attended by Princes William and Harry and Salmon Rushdie's stag night!

Quick Change, Sex Change

Collaborating with circus performer Jess Love, Ursula Martinez takes the traditional artistry of Quick Change/transformation and gives it a contemporary, queer, spectacular and surprising twist.

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Viva Croydon!

Senorita Martinez is the sassy, sexy SPANISH sensation with a secret.. she's really from Croydon!

 

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High comedy, classical guitar, and fraudulent flamenco combine as the suburban south Londoner comes over all exotic..............Ay Caramba!

She's 'chorizo and mash', she's 'Cordoba meets Cor blimey', she's a Ford.............. Fiesta!'

'One of the funniest and most original acts on the London cabaret scene'. Attitude

Light my Fire

A dare-devil disco dance involving the naked flame! A post-feminist, post-modern re-interpretation of 'Burn the Bra!'

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Office Party

An interactive theatrical night out.
An outrageous theatre show and wild party, all in one.

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Concieved by URSULA MARTINEZ and CHRISTOPHER GREEN

QUOTES (see PRESS for full articles)

"A hilarious phenomenon” The Independent

"For sheer entertainment, Office Party is going to be a hard show to beat” Metro

"The hottest tickets of the season” The Stage

"Theatre at its most experimental. …Slyly incorporating office politics and astute observations on the distorted social microcosm of the workplace, the piece conjures the annual staff jamboree, in all its ghastliness and drunken hysteria, with accuracy and a pleasingly surreal slant” The Times

La Soirée

A heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque and circus sideshow.

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Ursula Martinez is an original cast member of the smash hit, Olivier Award-winning show La Clique which featured an extraordinary line-up of uniquely talented performers from around the world; Captain Frodo, Miss Behave, The English Gents, Mario Queen of The Circus, Camille O’Sullivan, The Wau Wau Sisters, David O’Mer, Meow Meow, The Skating Willers….. to name but a few. Now this collective of artists are performing their outrageous, hilarious, beautiful, breath-taking and bizarre acts in La Soiree, an ever more inspired melange of cabaret, new burlesque, circus, sideshow, variety and contemporary vaudeville. Capturing the hearts of audiences around the world, from London to Stockholm to Sydney.

www.la-soiree.com


QUOTES (see PRESS for full articles)

'“Good night’s out don’t come much better than La Soiree” The Daily Telegraph

Beautiful. Funny. Impossible. La Soirée’s triumph is that there’s not a moment when one, two or all three of those terms don’t apply” The Guardian

'A near-perfect cocktail of circus skill and cabaret innuendo, the risky and the risqué' The New Yorker

''The year’s most extravagant and endearingly must-see. You would be nuts to miss it!' The Australian

''An intoxicating fusion of music, comedy, acrobatics and erotica… an unforgettable night… an awe-inspiring kaleidoscope of X-rated action.' Edinburgh Evening News

''From sublime to ridiculous to downright sexy' Time Out New York

''Hilarant, original, débridé... une expérience hors de commun'
Journal de Montreal


PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES

The Sydney Festival (Opera House)
Union Square Theatre, New-York
The Big Top, South Bank, London
Tyrol, Stockholm
Aarhus Festival, Denmark
Le Bobino, Paris
The Roundhouse, London
The Hippodrome, London
The Edinburgh Festival
Just For Laughs Festival, Montreal
The Adelaide Festival
The Brighton Festival
The Melbourne Festival